Green Bay Reaches The 'Olympics Of Television'

9th April 2004

Do Not Go Gentle, a documentary about Dylan Thomas's great poem, has been nominated for the prestigious Banff Rockie Awards. The Awards are the centrepiece of one of the world's foremost media events, the Banff Television Festival, held every year in Canada's Rocky Mountains.

The Green Bay film, commissioned by BBC Wales, was produced and directed by John Geraint and executive produced by Phil George.

The Banff competition drew nearly 1,000 entries - the best of the world's television. Green Bay's success in winning a nomination puts it in the company of blue-chip series like Frasier, Band of Brothers and Blue Planet, and makes it eligible for the $50,000 Global Television Grand Prize. An international jury will now adjudicate between Do Not Go Gentle and just four other nominees in the Arts Documentary category. Their decision will be announced during the Festival in June.

John Geraint and Phil George set up Green Bay last year after distinguished BBC careers. The company has gone on to win a dozen more major broadcast commissions, but John Geraint describes Do Not Go Gentle as `the perfect start': "It's a Welsh story of world stature" he says "We set out to capture the passion of Dylan's words, and to tell the story of how he came to write what's been called `the perfect poem' for his own father."

Driven by a powerful piano setting of the poem by rock legend John Cale, and featuring actor Keith Allen and Dylan's daughter Aeronwy, as well as schoolchildren and many `ordinary' readers, Do Not Go Gentle was shot on location in Wales and New York.

"The poem has retained a really special place in people's hearts" said executive producer Phil George "Fifty years after it was written, it appears today on an astonishing 600,000 web pages. So this film is a testament to its enduring appeal, and the Banff nomination shows how that appeal reaches all over the world."

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